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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
M60-A-Thon
Posted by RBaer on Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:07 PM

I started out to build the Academy Magach 6B-Gal/Batash, and it quickly became a quest to use up all the M60 parts kits, AM and other bits I've been accumulating over the years. I'll post detailed pics when I get back home, but for now, here's a teaser:

 IMG_0601 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I kind of threw my "one kit at a time" resolution out the window.

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, December 28, 2017 1:50 PM

Dang, that kinda looks like a production line - Rock Island Arsenal or something like that!

You don't happen to know any interior kits for that, do you?

I'm kinda stuck with my CEV, remember?

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, December 28, 2017 2:44 PM

Reminds me of my days in Germany when fellow lieutenants wanted me to build them a model of their tank. I'd have several Tamiya and Esci M60s going at once.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, December 28, 2017 4:15 PM

One at a time..... not anymore lol.

Those are Tamiya and Academy kits I assume? The AFV Club kit is loaded with details, but they went nuts with the casting texture as I'm sure you know. Just had a peek at a Takom kit a week ago and they nailed it. Let's hope they make some U.S. M-60's soon. :)

As always, I'll be lurking the heck out of your build logs. ;)

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 28, 2017 6:05 PM

Looking forward to more work on these!

Got a couple M60s myself and maybe you'll motivate to get off my bum and finish them.

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Posted by RBaer on Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:57 PM

Man, does work get in the way..... anyway, progress. The 'Gal (with the big loaded up bustle rack) now has the mantlet done, and I've started adding bits, like the gunner's sight, from the Legends conversion. This one is getting lots of resin, and will be built as a tank in a training unit, with mine roller attachment and "teacher's chair", T-142 tracks and aluminum wheels. Still looking for some T-142 tracks from the AFV Club M60A3 lit. The "bare" mantlet is the Academy kit part sanded until it was smooth, backed with Aves for strength because it was paper-thin after sanding, with the IDF-specific dust cover made up with scrap and strip plastic and Aves putty. Magach 6's with Blazer armor had a different mantlet cover, and both Esci and Academy missed it in their kits. Maybe the upcoming AFV Club kit will get it right. Oddly enough, the Academy Batash kit is accurate, if poorly done. Second pic below is of the two mantlets, additions to the Batash mantlet in white. It will be mostly covered by the add-on mantlet armor anyway, so I'm moving on with that part.

 IMG_1075 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0758 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

The -Batash will be built as in action, with an empty bustle rack and possibly some missing side skirts and bent fenders. Tracks will be Friul Merk2, and I may use the early mantlet armor with no M2 mounted. Anti-skid is started, using my experimental material as the "grit", pictured below. Two points to the first poster to correctly guess what it is:

 IMG_1074 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And as appllied:

 IMG_1073 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1072 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

It's thicker on the turret sides, trying different application methods, but I may leave it that way as pics I ahve of the real thing show it to be worn away on high-traffic areas.

Edit: Both hulls are Esci, the 'Gal turret is Academy and the Batash turret is made up of the lower part from Esci and the upper from Academy, to get aroung the fit issue Academy let slip on this one: the underside of the bustle interferes with the engine deck in a big way, so I skated around that by mating up the Esci and Academy parts.

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, January 28, 2018 8:09 PM

Looking good.  My guess is chinchilla sand.

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, January 29, 2018 8:42 AM
Thanks, and not sand.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, January 29, 2018 11:38 AM

Cool, looking forward to seeing how it looks under paint. 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, January 29, 2018 12:04 PM

We used to use old Jeep seats for the "TCE" or tank crew evaluator's chair. Probably old M151 seats as opposed to a Willys Jeep.

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Posted by armor 2.0 on Monday, January 29, 2018 1:58 PM

RBaer

Man, does work get in the way..... anyway, progress. The 'Gal (with the big loaded up bustle rack) now has the mantlet done, and I've started adding bits, like the gunner's sight, from the Legends conversion. This one is getting lots of resin, and will be built as a tank in a training unit, with mine roller attachment and "teacher's chair", T-142 tracks and aluminum wheels. Still looking for some T-142 tracks from the AFV Club M60A3 lit. The "bare" mantlet is the Academy kit part sanded until it was smooth, backed with Aves for strength because it was paper-thin after sanding, with the IDF-specific dust cover made up with scrap and strip plastic and Aves putty. Magach 6's with Blazer armor had a different mantlet cover, and both Esci and Academy missed it in their kits. Maybe the upcoming AFV Club kit will get it right. Oddly enough, the Academy Batash kit is accurate, if poorly done. Second pic below is of the two mantlets, additions to the Batash mantlet in white. It will be mostly covered by the add-on mantlet armor anyway, so I'm moving on with that part.

 IMG_1075 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0758 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

The -Batash will be built as in action, with an empty bustle rack and possibly some missing side skirts and bent fenders. Tracks will be Friul Merk2, and I may use the early mantlet armor with no M2 mounted. Anti-skid is started, using my experimental material as the "grit", pictured below. Two points to the first poster to correctly guess what it is:

 IMG_1074 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And as appllied:

 IMG_1073 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1072 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

It's thicker on the turret sides, trying different application methods, but I may leave it that way as pics I ahve of the real thing show it to be worn away on high-traffic areas.

Edit: Both hulls are Esci, the 'Gal turret is Academy and the Batash turret is made up of the lower part from Esci and the upper from Academy, to get aroung the fit issue Academy let slip on this one: the underside of the bustle interferes with the engine deck in a big way, so I skated around that by mating up the Esci and Academy parts.

 

 

. Catlitter

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, January 29, 2018 3:15 PM

OOH ;

 That has to be Chinchilla Dust !

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Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, January 29, 2018 3:33 PM

I like the attention to detail! I'm looking forward to how it looks with paint.

 Bruce

 

 

 

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 7:37 PM

Nope, and nope.

It's truly something that might never occur to a normal human being. Must be why I thought of it.

Clue?

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 7:44 PM

Cat litter? Lol

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 8:55 PM

Not cat litter. Here's a closeup of the almost finished application on the turret, shows it pretty well:

 IMG_1191 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And a shot of the Nochri attachment, about half-done on the 'Gal hull:

 IMG_1190 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

The above is a Legends part, very nice stuff. The white bits are parts I had to make from scrap plastic because I lost the kit part.

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:13 AM

My guess is termite dust (poop).

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 8:20 AM

Nope, but closer, I think.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, February 01, 2018 7:54 AM

The ground-up remains of models that failed you??? Wink

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, February 02, 2018 8:37 AM

Closer than you might have thought.......   Hmm

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, February 02, 2018 11:11 AM

Ashes from your fireplace?

 Bruce

 

 

 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Friday, February 02, 2018 12:15 PM

It looks to me like sandpaper grit.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, February 02, 2018 2:34 PM

Nope, and nope.

Clue #1: There's an electric motor involved.

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Posted by Watchmann on Friday, February 02, 2018 8:08 PM

LRH, it's your bread trimmings.

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, February 09, 2018 1:17 PM

Not bread trimmings, not crouton dust......

But here's a shot of the Batash turret, anti-slip done:

 IMG_1191 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And the 'Gal with the nochri attachment done:

 IMG_1811 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And while I was looking for a bit in the pile of AM stuff I'm using on these two, I found the PE sheet from the Legends 'Gal conversion, with the very nice turret basket floor. Since the Batash will be depicted in action, with the basket empty, I hacked out the solid floor of the Academy basket and used the PE part. Since this pic was taken, I have removed the two laterals in the floor that do not align with the Legends part and re-done them with plastic strip so that they align with the solid parts of the basket floor. I thought about leaving it alone, but it took 10 minutes to fix.

 IMG_1812 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

More as I squeeze time in.....

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, February 16, 2018 8:07 PM

One last shot, and then I give up the secret of my anti-slip. This is a pic of the glacis armor, anti-slip applied and primed. It actually looks better in primer than I thought it would.

 IMG_2206 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I've been plugging away on both kits as well, first the Batash with some hull details added, quite a bit from plastic stock:

 IMG_2205 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_2204 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And one shot of the Gal, just a few bits added:

 IMG_2203 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

More later, and thanks for looking, as always. Yes

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, February 19, 2018 7:01 PM

More bits, mainly because I found some more AM stuff in the stash.....

DEF fender fronts on the Batash hull, and some Dragon fender because I cut crooked:

 IMG_2207 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Hull boxes, green because they're Academy, better details and I found them before I found the Esci parts, and they fit:

 IMG_2209 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Hull boxes and a few other details on the 'Gal:

 IMG_2208 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Gun tubes:

 IMG_2210 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And just to see what it looks like, the Dragon turret on another Esci hull:

 IMG_2211 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

It's tempting, and if I finish the other two and don't have the paint *** on, I'll probably roll right into it.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, February 19, 2018 7:36 PM

She's looking really good! Yes

Bit of a Frankenstein's Monster with all those different companies parts.

 

The anti-slip isn't ground bacon bits is it? Stick out tongue

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 9:12 AM

Thanks, and yup, they both have a Frankentank look, kind of like some of the Shermans I've built. It's also kind of handy that so many of the different companie's parts interchange, sometimes directly, somethimes with just a little bit of sanding or carving.

Have I not coughed to the source of my anti-slip yet?

Okay, here it is:

Ready?

Clippings from my electric razor. Human hair.

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Posted by Watchmann on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 9:18 AM

RBaer

Clippings from my electric razor. Human hair.

 
Yeah, "beard trimmings"! Smile

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